Today at Hollywood Park.
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
1 Senor Rain – His resume is littered with stronger stakes races; this is an easier spot, a race he’s supposed to win.
4 Norm’s Passion – Been away 6-months; he showed ability before the wheels came off at Keeneland, watch the tote board for clues.
Long Shot – 5 Put It There
Race 2 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
7 Awesome Annie – No secret as an even money chalk in career debut; Walther Solis adding blinkers on for this.
4 Jerry’shoneycarol – FTS from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; bullet workouts, Joe Talamo rides this newcomer.
Long Shot – 6 Tilde
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $37,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 My Diane – Beaten favorite clearly has a comfort level at this class; been having trouble putting fields away.
6 Warren’s Goldie – Was overmatched in last so draw a line thru it; her two races before that can compete with these.
Long Shot – 2 Running Isabella
Race 4 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $33,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Aqua Fever – Huge class drop from the live Jeff Mullins barn points him out; racing today as a first time gelding.
2 Mandated Bliss – Ran awful in one race at Aqueduct, now returns to SoCal; could improve returning to comfort level.
Long Shot – 5 Format V.
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Heartless Honey – Improved a lot first race off the claim by Vann Belvoir; tiny edge in very difficult race.
8 Dance Thewayyouare – Big class drop offers this filly a chance; exits turf and turns back in distance.
Long Shot – 4 Chocolate Delight
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $54,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Byrony – Interesting British import makes U.S. debut for John Sadler; key will be how wound up she is for this SoCal debut.
3 Romantic Wish – Been well bet in both career since coming from England; overdue to run a good one.
Long Shot – 5 Last Sting
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Maiden claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
8 Treacherous – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Richard Mandella adding blinkers on.
7 Ever Alert – Another taking the big drop from MSW to maiden claiming; exits turf and cuts back in distance.
Long Shot – 11 Hammer the Bay
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), $70,000 Fran’s Valentine, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
1 Halo Dotty – Like the pure speed angle from the rail with the turf rail out 20 feet; catch me if you can to win.
5 Sugarinthemorning – Switches back to grass after a non-factor in the Madison at Keeneland; her turf resume is pretty good.
Long Shot – 3 Secret Cove
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Belo Purse – Key for me is Joel Rosario remains loyal despite a poor effort in last; capable of closing in an elongated sprint.
4 Polly’s Dancer – Was able to use his sprinter speed on the stretch out; now cuts back to this elongated sprint, nice strategy.
Long Shot – 9 Devils Afleet
Best Bet – 1 Halo Dotty (race 8)
Betfair Hollywood Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 21/4/$32.60; Long Shots, 11/4/$34.60; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Betfair Hollywood Park Totals – 254/62/$434.40; Long Shots, 130/21/$160.00; Best Bets, 12/3/$10.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Achilles (3/1) in race 2 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. n Saturday, Magical Merry ran out at Pimlico. Stats – 78/51/$441.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick